Oscar-winning scribe and The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin has withdrawn from penning the book of the previously reported Broadway musical Houdini, which is set to star Tony winner Hugh Jackman, "due to a busy television and film schedule," according to a statement from the production. The as-yet unscheduled musical will feature music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and direction by Jack O'Brien.
“Mr. Sorkin's considerable talents are an asset to any project and we regret that he's unable to remain with Houdini,” producers Scott Sanders and David Rockwell said in a statement. “However, what Hugh and the creative team continue to create is one of the most exciting projects we've ever been a part of. Our projected arrival on Broadway and additional creative team announcement will be made at a future date."
Sorkin is quoted in the press statement as follows: “I was really looking forward to returning to Broadway and working with such an incredible team. I am very disappointed my schedule won’t allow that at this time.”
Houdini tells the story of an epic battle between Harry Houdini and a trio of women, known as "Spiritualists," who convinced millions of people they could communicate with the dead.
No theater or further casting has been announced at this time. In addition to producing, Rockwell will design the show's sets.